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Why Evidence For The Effect Of Art On Health Is Especially Relevant During A Pandemic



In November 2019, the World Health Organisation’s regional office for Europe published a report showing that the arts have a beneficial effect on health and well-being. A few months later, the report seemed all but forgotten when the COVID-19 pandemic took over everyone’s attention. But perhaps it’s time to look at it again, because it might be even more important now than it was in November.

The report, by Daisy Fancourt and Saoirse Finn of University College London, summarizes years of scientific research into the effect of different forms of arts on our health. The list of the hundreds of studies it references takes up 70 pages – more than half of the report. They considered different art forms, such as the performing arts, visual arts, or taking part in cultural activities. The final conclusion is that “the overall evidence base shows a robust impact of the arts on both mental and physical health.” In addition to that, they found that the arts were able to address complex health issues – such as those that have both physical and mental components – and that arts interventions often offered an economical solution.

Some of the examples where arts interventions have been beneficial include the use of dance as a therapy for Parkinson’s Disease, the role of music in language development, or the positive effect of arts engagement on mental health in several different settings.

Even though this report was written months before the COVID-19 pandemic, it covers several areas that could be particularly interesting at the moment. For example, Fancourt and Finn mention the role of the arts in getting health messages out to a wider public. They cite studies that have used arts communication to alert people to symptoms of Ebola, to inform them about HIV prevention, or to combat misinformation about vaccines.

Some of these studies are directly relevant to COVID-19. Collectively, they suggest that the arts can help reach and convince people about steps they need to take to prevent the spread of disease. In addition, art therapy could be used to treat mental health issues among people who are isolating, or to aid the long-term recovery process of people who were ill.

Despite those benefits, the arts have not been prioritised in the last few months. Anything that involves close contact (like theatres or choirs) has been paused, physical events have been cancelled, galleries and performance spaces closed. Across the board, arts programmes have been hit hard. The work of art therapists has also been made challenging by not being able to meet people in person. The American Art Therapy Association published a set of tips for their community encouraging them to use video and online tools as an adapted form of their usual therapy. Considering that some of the positive effects of group art therapy lie in people connecting with others, an online version just isn’t quite the same.

But even though the arts were not a priority during the peak of the pandemic, places where the worst of the outbreak seems to have passed may want to start thinking about how the arts can be a part of the healthcare recovery process. Especially as several vaccine trials are already in phase III, it’s a good time to to think about involving artists in healthcare communication, for example.

After all, as the 2019 WHO summary showed, the arts have earned their place in keeping us happy and healthy.


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Opinion | Art gallery opens at new location in Orillia –



Shops are becoming more accessible in the arts district, along Peter St. S.

The biggest event is the opening of the new Hibernation Arts, which has moved from 7 Peter St. S. to 17 Peter St. S., where Art & Home used to be.

This is welcome news. The following artists are helping to open the new gallery: Molly Farquharson, Cheryl Sartor, Barbara Schmidt, Catherine Cadieux, Gayle Schofield, Patti Agapi, Tammy Henry, Marie Jose van de Langerijt, with the group show “Covid Creations.”

The guest artist is MJ Pollak. There will also be a continuous showing of works by members of the Orillia Fine Arts Association (OFAA), with shows to change on a monthly basis. Expect to see new works.

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Most of the OFAA wall exhibitions are up and the official opening will be on July 8. At Peter St. Fine Arts, 23 Peter St., the guest artist for July is Judy Sugg. Judy was the owner of the Coach House Gallery which closed last year.

Also at PSFA, you can see works by Xavier Fernandes, Rob Henderson, Alex Henderson, Karen Gattie Popp, Brian Tosh, Lyndell Oldfield, Kristine Drummond, and others.

While on Peter St., visit the other galleries and shops such as Three Crows Speak and Patti Agapi at 9 Peter St. S., Shadowbox at 15 Peter St. S., and Tiffin’s at 22 B Peter St. S. (in the lane beside OMAH).

Also, OMAH is showing the 6-inch x5-inch squares donated by the local artists as a fundraiser. They have 15 on display at a time and they sell for $15 each, with all monies going to OMAH.

Venues ask patrons to remember the COVID-19 safety precautions and keep your distance.

Some galleries and shops have restrictions on the number of people allowed in at one time. Most have hand sanitizer available, and masks are optional. Your local artists look forward to your support.

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ARTS AROUND: Creative carvings on display at Rollin Art Centre – Alberni Valley News





Check out our next art exhibit online at titled “TOGETHER” and featuring Cecil Dawson, Allen Halverson, Nigel Atkin, and others.

This exciting exhibit, beginning in July, will feature many First Nations carvings, paintings, surfboard designs, carved river otters and so much more.

We invite you all to check out our website to view all our monthly exhibits from the comfort of your home. Our website is also a great way to stay connected with the Rollin Art Centre. Call 250-724-3412 to book an appointment.


The Rollin Art Centre will be holding art workshops for Children aged 9-11 every Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.

These four-day workshops will begin Tuesday, July 6 and each week will be a different media: Painting I (July 7-10), sculpture (July 14-17), Drawing I (July 21-24), paper crafts (July 28-31), Painting II (Aug 4-7), nature art (Aug 11-14), Drawing II (Aug 18-21) and multi-media art (Aug 25-28).

All art workshops will be held outside to follow social distancing guidelines. Each week’s workshop will cost $50. Spots are VERY limited spots, as only five children will be allowed to register per week. Register today by emailing


Every Monday morning (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.), the Rollin Art Centre will be holding a writing camp for ages 10-12.

Writing workshops begin Monday, July 6 and feature a different genre each week. All writing workshops will be held outside to follow social distancing guidelines. Each week’s workshop will cost $12. Spots are limited, as only five children will be allowed to register per week. Register today by emailing


The Rollin Art Centre gardens are now open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for you to wander and enjoy.

Please note that the seating benches and the swing on our property, as well as any gate latches and fence supports, the concrete balustrade, the bandstand, the entrance gate and other outdoor touchpoints will not be sanitized by Rollin Art Centre.

Washroom facilities are not available for use. While on the grounds, please supervise children at all times, supply your own hand sanitizer and practice social distancing by staying two metres apart unless you are part of an established “bubble.” If physical distancing is not possible, we recommend that guests wear a mask.

The gallery and gift shop (washrooms included) will remain closed—however, personal appointments or curbside pick-up are available. Call 250-724-3412. Go to to view our online gallery and gift shop.

Thank you for your continued support through this difficult time.


Available now, you can view all our items in our gift shop from the comfort of your own home.

The Rollin Art Centre is excited to bring all our one-of-a kind art pieces from our gift shop to you online at We have an incredible lineup of artists and a wide range of items, including pottery, woodworks, jewellery, stained glass, sun catchers, prints, painting, art cards, First Nations artwork, glass etchings, birdhouses and so much more.

When you purchase from our gift shop or make a donation, you are helping to support local artists as well as the Rollin Art Centre. We need your continued support.


We want to see what you’ve been doing!

More and more ideas are springing up to help keep children doing creative and fun projects during the pandemic. We would love to see them and be able to share them on our Facebook page.

Send us a video or photo of yourself and a project that you are currently working on (or that you have completed). You can get more ideas if you tune into our Rollin Art Centre Facebook Page.

Get your mom or dad to help take a video or photo of you creating art work and send it to Melissa at Don’t forget to give us written permission, otherwise we wont be able to post it.

We are so excited to stay connected and see what you have all been working on during these crazy times!


The Port Alberni Arrowsmith Rotary Club is building relationships, brick by brick.

The club and community partners are excited to announce the Rotary Community Mural Project on the backside of the Canadian Alberni Engineering building at 3101 Bird Street (the back wall across from the train station).

Fundraising includes the sale of bricks that make up the mural. The bricks can be purchased through e-transfer ( or by cash or cheque to Arrowsmith Rotary Club.

Check out the Rotary Club of Port Alberni Arrowsmith Facebook page for more information or call Terry Deakin at 250-720-6604.


Second and last Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. (virtual doors 6:30pm) — Alberni Valley Words on Fire !

All tickets are available online through or call 250-730-1636 to charge by phone or eTransfer “event date and email address” to

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email:


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Nigel Atkin will be part of the next art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

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The Art of Gardening Summer Special 2020 – CFJC Today Kamloops



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